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The Public Polling on Abortion the Media Doesn’t Want You To See

AMAC Exclusive – By Eleanor Vaughn

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In 2021, we heard plenty of news about the future of abortion in America.  Republican legislatures introduced multiple bills that would ban abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat; the most notable of these “heartbeat bills” was enacted in Texas and possibly represents a new way to protect the unborn.  In addition, a major abortion rights case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, was argued before the Supreme Court, prompting many to ask if the Court will reconsider Roe v. Wade. In 2022, not only will we find out the results of that case, but the future of the abortion debate could be drastically transformed. 

Roe was decided in January of 1973, 49 years ago this month. Ever since the abortion debate has always been primarily about Roe v. Wade. Science, healthcare, and the preferences of the American people have rarely been taken into account. But since there are indications the Supreme Court could be revisiting Roe and abortion could be moving back to the center stage of American politics, it’s worth asking: what do the American people think about it these days? 

Recent polling tells a strikingly different story from what you might hear from most mainstream news outlets.

In a Gallup poll from last year, 47% of people identified as “pro-life.” In that same poll, 67% of respondents supported some restrictions on abortion, as opposed to allowing unlimited abortion for any reason at any time—an all-too-common position held by many elected Democrats today.

There are even some specific abortion limitations that Americans widely agree on.  For example, according to an AP-NORC poll, 65% of Americans think that, in most cases, abortion should be illegal in the second trimester of pregnancy (13-26 weeks). The hotly debated Mississippi law at the center of the Dobbs case would ban abortions after 16 weeks – suggesting that the law may not be so controversial after all, no matter the media spin.

Similarly, except in extreme circumstances (like when the life of the mother is at stake), 80% of Americans think that abortion should be illegal in the third trimester (26-40 weeks), with 54% saying it should be illegal in all cases in the third trimester. In light of these findings, the progressive “abortion-on-demand” agenda is clearly far too radical for the American people.

There is also widespread support for limiting taxpayer funding of abortion.  A Marist poll from last year showed that 58% of Americans oppose using taxpayer money to fund abortions.  This is especially notable given that President Joe Biden and many Congressional Democrats have pushed to exclude the Hyde Amendment from their budget proposals. The decades-old legislative provision prohibits tax dollars funding abortions, and getting rid of the Hyde Amendment would mark a major break from precedent – in addition to going against the wishes of a solid majority of Americans.

Recent polling also shows that, contrary to the left’s claims that abortion policy should be set by the federal government, Americans want more local control over the issue.  The aforementioned Marist poll, for example, showed that 65% of Americans think states, rather than the federal government, should make abortion laws.  A poll commissioned by Students for Life showed that this attitude is especially popular with young people; 70% of young adults want to be able to vote on abortion policy.  44% favored turning the issue back to the states, with only 36% opposing the idea; the remaining 18% were unsure.  This, of course, is likely what would happen in the event the Supreme Court revisited Roe v. Wade. For the 55% of Americans that Gallup reports are dissatisfied with the country’s policies on abortion, it’s clear that there’s still a lot that should be debated.

For the pro-life movement, there is abundant reason for hope. If given a say, average Americans will vote to change the status quo on abortion, with limitations on funding, restrictions on legality, or even outright bans.  But regardless of what changes may happen in this year or the next, those of us who are pro-life can take great comfort in the fact that—no matter what the media may say—we are not alone.

Eleanor Vaughn is a writer living in Virginia.


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Tt1
2 days ago

Question – IF If if thought thru and humble and responsible/respectful ???? in America where 2 humanoids can CHOOSE to have sexual intercourse, Who would decide to kill the helpless INNOCENT preborn child for the failure by 2 adults that oops ???? got pregnant?? How does one justify their actions with an immoral decision regarding an innocent life? Life at conception is per SCIENCE which makes anytime the brutal heinous and profit of abortion is performed a horrific tragedy. Q have you seen an abortion? Sad decision by mom.. shameful by male, and SINISTER by physicians imho.

Mary
2 days ago

Since the 70s, over a million babies have been aborted per year. 90 percent of those aborted were for Convenience!! What wrong with this Picture? Isn’t abortion clinic placed in low economic areas? The Stats show African American babies are aborted far more than any other race. Why is this? Murder of any baby is wrong and needs to stop. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will do its job.

Oz
2 days ago
Reply to  Mary

Abortion as birth control is committing murder to cover the sin of adultery in most cases.

Rush Glick
2 days ago

This moral outrage has been a blight on our nation for five decades. Are we better as a people and culture since that ominous ruling by the Supreme Court in 1973? Hopefully enough justices will have the moral backbone to overturn Roe vs. Wade once and for all.

Dick Rejer
3 days ago

How many Doctor Salks or Eli Whitneys have been murdered in our quest for conveniance?

Louise Albertson
3 days ago

I am extremely careful of those who seek more freedoms, etc. regarding abortions. It is, to me, very scary when I hear of those who have no problem supporting abortions at any stage. What are their feelings and positions on older humans who are in their way for what they seek to solve their problems? I also wonder what existing children of those who support and push for abortions think. i.e., might it have been them?

Maribeth
4 days ago

Abortion and abortion funding will continue to be a seminole issue as long as the federal government continues to legislate morality. Americans should not be forced to be complicit via federal tax dollars. This is a state level issue to resolve. Overturn Roe v Wade is the correct decision.

joethegrinder
4 days ago

I understand the right’s sentiment about abortion but here’s the deal: most women would really like to have that option of abortion. If I were a woman, I’d want that too. Conservatives must become more liberal on the issue to win women voters. Otherwise, we cannot win. That’s the reality. Cheers!

TamB
2 days ago
Reply to  joethegrinder

I totally disagree & I am a woman. The truth of the entire abortion issue is that people want the complete “freedom” to engage in risky sex with zero consequences. This is the core issue. To murder unborn children on this convenient alter of free sex has only served to undermine the value of LIFE by making “free sex” the focus instead. Women who’ve had abortions go on in large percentages to face terrible depression & anxiety & self-loathing that may never be fully healed. They may medically have a much harder time having children later as well. They will mourn their lost babies till they die. Women were NEVER designed mentally emotionally or even physically to murder their own young. Yet ignorant & morally compromised men insist it’s a valid “solution”. But don’t ignore this truth either; many men end up living with the same horrible regrets.
No, the real solution is to get back to living out Godly moral values for our many life choices. Value sex enough to keep it sacred; value life enough to allow it since we are not God; value the marriage bed because it’s the greatest way to HONOR women … & honor the value of a healthy intact family unit. THAT’S what women need & so do our babies.
Killing children to have sex … nothing sounds right about that whatsoever.
And with over 60 million babies killed on the abortion alter have you stopped to consider how that death toll has negatively impacted America’s economy? Or how many STD’s have increased as a result of so-called “free sex”?
The negative fall-out et al must be honestly addressed, otherwise America will only continue to spiral downward morally & economically. It’s not “free sex” in any way whether you’re a man or a woman.
Abortion has been politicized, yet it remains a moral issue to the core.
The solution? Gain back our greater moral standards bc that brings all our problems from abortion to zero. And God loves every child & every eternal soul. Life is His call, not mans.

Barb304
4 days ago

I am pro-choice and therefore I do not like abortion, especially when some women see it as a ‘birth control’ choice! But at the same time, I don’t believe politics belong in women’s wombs! If abortions are ruled stringently restricted or outlawed altogether I, personally, think things could get bad!

Backwoods
4 days ago

Abortion is a big business in this country with many evil and corrupted tentacles attached, including politicians, medical industry, and the elite. It is and always will be an uphill battle for prolife, but God and Truth will prevail.

Maribeth
4 days ago
Reply to  Backwoods

I agree.

Robin Walter Boyd
5 days ago

While I am personally opposed to abortions based on my theological beliefs and understanding of biology, unless there is a law stating that a fetus is an unborn human being, I believe that abortions should be available to any woman who wants to be fully responsible for the cost of them. That means that absolutely no government funding, directly or in any way indirectly, should ever go toward abortions unless there is a criminal issue involved. Insurance coverage for abortions should be a separate rider so that all who pay for insurance are not forced to pay for abortion coverage. If we make abortions the sole responsibility of the woman and man involved in the pregnancy, there will be a lot less unwanted pregnancies as people will become more responsible for their actions. To think otherwise is to suggest social engineering, which defies the nature of man.

Max
4 days ago

In the end all who supported purposeful abortion throughout all history will be held accountable to GOD Almighty.

Ruth Spiering
5 days ago

Thank the Lord. He’s winning!

R.Thomas Guth
5 days ago

The overwhelming opinion here is that in most cases, abortion should not be allowed. So how do we get there?

JR Fox
5 days ago

In the last 40 years we have aborted (murdered) 40 million American babies and replaced them with an equal amount of mostly illegal and some legal immigrants without educations or job skills. Insanity!

ops
5 days ago

Abortion the PC word for murder. Amazing how one can jusitfy the murder of the unborn as a woman’s right when God is removed form the conversation!

Tim Toroian
5 days ago

I tell people to check the definition of ‘Positivist”. It’s a philosophy that makes the old Democratic party cry of ” Situational Morality” possible. They don’t believe in a higher power or anything by man to aspire to. It is also why they will blithely disregard the constitution.

Garye
5 days ago

Once again the immoral democrats and their pals in the dishonest media force a narrative that is NOT shared by the Majority of American Citizens.
These liars cannot stop lying, they even believe their own lies – truly exposes them as killers of innocents!

Joanne 4 justice.
5 days ago
Reply to  Garye

Yes these folks believe their own manufactured lies ! They have great 3xpertise in twisting words!

Amacer
5 days ago

It is so uncanny that the agenda of the Democrat Party today is totally dark; they have truly become team satan.

JR Fox
5 days ago
Reply to  Amacer

Greed and profit over ethics and morals.

Joanne 4 justice.
5 days ago
Reply to  Amacer

They have sold their souls to the devil!

Carol
5 days ago

What makes me mad about this issue is that the pro-abortion folks don’t really care about the ladies who have the abortions! Any woman who chooses to go thru the procedure is usually in a traumatized state cuz she is pregnant and doesn’t want to be! But where is the counseling for these women, or rightly, girls since most of them are young women?

Mental health professionals have done research on this and found that an abortion is NOT healthy for most women. It increases the risk of cancer later, causes mental anguish for most of the girls leading to drug, alcohol, and other abuses. A lot of these women have intimacy issues later and truly never recover from the horror of abortion.

The left – Democrats – never discuss this, never even want to discuss this! Abortion is the murder of a baby in its most innocent stage of life but it’s also HELL on the women who go thru it! SO this idea that abortion is no big deal and women should be able to have as many as they want with no one getting hurt is crap!

Democrats always say they care about women’s health with this issue but they don’t! Its all about buying votes and expanding hedonism thru out society so the left can stay in power while society does nothing but party their lives away as slaves to the left! Brave New World – with NO GOD! Makes me sick and sad!

Garye
5 days ago
Reply to  Carol

Carol the sad truth is the democrats don’t care at all about the sanctity of life or the women, ONLY power and money!
Citizens of this Country are expendable,deplorable and depised by the lefist,Marxist democrats.

Joanne 4 justice.
5 days ago
Reply to  Garye

Your words are very true;!

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granny26
5 days ago
Reply to  JoyceRobertson

NO ONE GIVES A SH** ! Go find someone else to pester.

ops
5 days ago
Reply to  Carol

You will not hear the words God, Family or Patriotism from this from admin. Promoters of moral decay in society based on their words and actions.

Sharon Ormsby
5 days ago
Reply to  Carol

You are absolutely correct. It is why my OB, who did perform abortions, worked hard to talk every woman, girl , out of them. He saved most of the babies, for the ones who didn’t keep the babies, most chose open adoptions. He paid for all their OB services, waived his own fees, paid their hospital bill, and the babies, and adoption fees. He saved at least 95%. He once told me-I was a high risk pregnancy-he worked hard to save my babies-the ones who truly want abortions after watching the films I show them-he made them watch what happened during an abortion to the fetus…if they still want one, they have NO soul.

Garye
5 days ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

Wish there were more kind,compassionate and caring people like this in our world.
Be a better place indeed.

Bonnie
5 days ago
Reply to  Carol

Great comment

PattyRN MA
5 days ago

The very thought of taking the life of a child in the third trimester is inconceivable. Our daughter just gave birth to a preemie weighing 2lbs.6 oz. Her name is Genevieve Elizabeth. She is now 4 months old. She has guadrupled her weight and is simply beautiful. Seeing her for the first time you see a full and complete human being. How anyone could ever murder Geneieve Elizabeth whose birth placed our daughter at grave risk is inconceivable.

Momcat
5 days ago
Reply to  PattyRN MA

as one ob-gyn who has delivered thousands of babies said…. all problems in the third trimester can be cured by delivery. abortion doesn’t solve any problems, it creates more through the guilt that comes when your realize you have killed your own baby in an avoidable accident of your own creation.

Morbious
5 days ago
Reply to  Momcat

Bingo! The left has lied about third trimester abortion for decades, claiming it is absolutely necessary to save the mother on occasion. I learned a lot from Dr. Levatino, the former abortionist turned pro lifer. He patiently explains that the preparation for late term abortion takes time. Mothers with health emergencies are treated by immediate c sections. But that delivers a live baby, hence the false narrative that late term abortion is necessary.

BlessdAmerican
5 days ago
Reply to  PattyRN MA

Just in the 3rd trimester? Whether you kill a human being in the first few days or the last few months of gestation, isn’t the end result EXACTLY the same? For the EXACT SAME PERSON?

Yep. 3rd trimester or not doesn’t matter. The end result no matter when you kill a human being is exactly the same. That very same human being has an ENTIRE LIFETIME STOLEN from them and will never, ever get another chance to live their life. Dead is DEAD. FOREVER.

Garye
5 days ago
Reply to  PattyRN MA

Congratulations, what a true blessing!
Thanks for choosing life!

Enuf Said
6 days ago

Can you imagine an abortion lover standing before GOD on judgement day and saying–“It was not a child-it was a fetus”. I feel sure these excuses for humans will hear–“DEPART from ME, thy maker of iniquity, for I know YOU NOT”. Not to worry–Satan will probably say–‘Welcome to the smoking section”.

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